\ ˈblend How to pronounce blend (audio) \
blended also blent\ ˈblent How to pronounce blent (audio) \; blending

Definition of blend

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : mix especially : to combine or associate so that the separate constituents or the line of demarcation cannot be distinguished
2 : to prepare by thoroughly intermingling different varieties or grades

intransitive verb

1a : to mingle intimately or unobtrusively
b : to combine into an integrated whole
2 : to produce a harmonious effect



Definition of blend (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : something produced by blending: such as
a : a product prepared by blending
b : a word (such as brunch) produced by combining other words or parts of words
2 : a group of two or more consecutive consonants that begin a syllable

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blendable \ ˈblen-​də-​bəl How to pronounce blendable (audio) \ adjective

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mix, mingle, commingle, blend, merge, coalesce, amalgamate, fuse mean to combine into a more or less uniform whole. mix may or may not imply loss of each element's identity. mix the salad greens mix a drink mingle usually suggests that the elements are still somewhat distinguishable or separately active. fear mingled with anticipation in my mind commingle implies a closer or more thorough mingling. a sense of duty commingled with a fierce pride drove her blend implies that the elements as such disappear in the resulting mixture. blended several teas to create a balanced flavor merge suggests a combining in which one or more elements are lost in the whole. in his mind reality and fantasy merged coalesce implies an affinity in the merging elements and usually a resulting organic unity. telling details that coalesce into a striking portrait amalgamate implies the forming of a close union without complete loss of individual identities. refugees who were readily amalgamated into the community fuse stresses oneness and indissolubility of the resulting product. a building in which modernism and classicism are fused

Examples of blend in a Sentence

Verb The music blends traditional and modern melodies. She blends psychology and crime in her new novel. Noun a blend of cream and eggs a blend of traditional and modern melodies
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Viewers get to observe how couples who committed in a vacuum, then took off on a premature honeymoon, struggle to blend their lives. Judy Berman, Time, "From Love Is Blind to The Circle, Netflix Is Getting Terrifyingly Good at Reality TV," 12 Feb. 2020 Under the current law, refiners will have to blend 36 billion gallons of renewable fuels into gas by 2022. Miranda Green, The New Republic, "How Ditching the Iowa Caucus Could Remake the Biofuels Debate," 10 Feb. 2020 Once Christianity came to Rome, religious leaders tried to blend the pagan traditions with their Christian traditions for a smoother transition. Erin Cavoto, Country Living, "What's the History of Mardi Gras? Here's How the Pre-Lent Party Got Started," 10 Feb. 2020 Painting the walls a color similar to the fabric will also help seams blend in. Emma Bazilian, House Beautiful, "Burlap Walls Are the Ultimate Art-Collector Hack," 4 Feb. 2020 The KitchenAid is known far and wide for its ability to expertly blend ingredients as well as its multi-functional features. Isabelle Kagan, USA TODAY, "The 5 best Amazon deals you can get this weekend," 1 Feb. 2020 His clothing was all dull greens and dirty browns, allowing him to blend in seamlessly with leaf and limb. David Canfield,, "Dave Matthews teams with children's author Clete Barrett Smith for fantasy novel," 29 Jan. 2020 Macron, who is trying to blend scores of separate pension systems and rules into a universal French pension, says his plan will be fairer to all French workers and will be sustainable as the country ages. John Leicester,, "Changing tack, French strikers turn off power to press government," 21 Jan. 2020 Combine the almond flour, 6 tablespoons of sugar, 3 tablespoons of corn starch and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a small bowl, whisking to blend., "Recipe: Gluten-Free Lemon Squares with an Almond Flour Crust," 8 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Packed with proprietary blends of vitamins, peptides, and amino acids, these treatments go to work to help enhance short lashes and repair any brittleness. Glamour Beauty Editors, Glamour, "Shop All the Glamour Beauty Awards Readers' Choice Makeup Nominees," 15 Jan. 2020 The Surfers made quite the unprintable name for themselves in the 1980s with a bizarre blend of uproarious and nihilistic punk music and equally demented stage shows. René A. Guzman,, "Butthole Surfers’ Gibby Haynes talks about his debut young adult novel," 9 Jan. 2020 The whole experience, floating from one provocative thing to another, amounts to a near-perfect blend of profundity and ephemera—like one’s own thoughts, mercifully elevated. Sarah Larson, The New Yorker, "The Paris Review, a Poem a Day, and an Iran Explainer: Three Podcasts to Listen to in January," 7 Jan. 2020 Made with a blend of chickpeas, fresh herbs and aromatic spices, everything is hand-rolled with a soft whole-wheat tortilla. Jean Chen Smith,, "Guide to healthy New Year in 2020: These small changes are better than big resolutions," 31 Dec. 2019 This long cardigan is made of a blend of cotton and nylon with a tweedy texture that gives it a luxurious feel. Banu Ibrahim, CNN Underscored, "What is hygge? Shop the super-cozy Scandinavian home trend," 27 Dec. 2019 Researchers aren’t even totally sure what purpose the helmets serve, though many suspect the insects are mimicking their surroundings to either blend in or warn predators to stay away (as a wasp-looking helmet might do). Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "Treehoppers’ Bizarre, Wondrous Helmets Use Wing Genes to Grow," 9 Dec. 2019 The change could lead to a blend of single-family homes, townhouses or low-rise apartments. Caitlin Anderson, Twin Cities, "Apple Valley Golf Course redevelopment likely to feature fewer homes than first proposed," 23 Nov. 2019 This easy-to-blend liquid helps achieve a dewy flush. Kami Phillips,, "PEOPLE Beauty Awards: Best Makeup Products of 2019," 20 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of blend


14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1


1883, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for blend


Middle English, probably from Old Norse blend-, present stem of blanda to mix; akin to Old English blandan to mix, Lithuanian blandus impure, cloudy

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The first known use of blend was in the 14th century

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17 Feb 2020

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“Blend.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of blend

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to mix (things) thoroughly and usually with good results
: to exist together as a combination



English Language Learners Definition of blend (Entry 2 of 2)

: something produced by mixing or combining different things


\ ˈblend How to pronounce blend (audio) \
blended; blending

Kids Definition of blend

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to mix so completely that the separate things mixed cannot be told apart
2 : to exist agreeably with each other She chose soft colors that blend well.
blend in
: to look like part of something He tried to blend in with the group.



Kids Definition of blend (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a thorough mixture : a product made by blending
2 : a word formed by combining parts of two or more other words so that they overlap The word “smog” is a blend of “smoke” and “fog.”

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